Bandol is one of those dreamy seaside towns that’s easy to fall in love with. Located in the Var department (83), the name Bandol is also associated with the wine region containing over 50 different domaines – many scattered on either side of autoroute 50 & climbing the sweeping hills surrounding the villages of Le Castellet & La Cadière d’Azur.
While you can spend a very enjoyable day caravanning from one wine-tasting to another, visiting the city of Bandol is a far more glamorous experience. You’ll find the port packed with sizable yachts, the Casino de Bandol, and the chic boutiques lining the borde de mer among other glitzy addresses.
Throw in a stroll at the market and lunch at a sidewalk café, and you’ve got the makings of a South of France afternoon par excellence. It’s probably best not to mention to the locals Bandol’s cheeky nickname: the poor man’s St. Tropez. Although I suspect this must be the work of jealous cousins to the north, because after an afternoon of sipping, shopping, and sunning, it’s hard to find anything pauvre about this southern gem.
Along Allèe Jean Moulin, opposite Quay Charles de Gaulle.
Daily; mornings & early afternoon.
Strolling the “boardwalk”, seeing and/or being seen at the cafés, and shopping are some favorites. You’ll also find a world-class spa (thalasso), numerous beaches, and several tempting restaurants like L’Esperance.